Thirteenth WTO Ministerial Conference
26-29 February 2024 Abu Dhabi (UAE)
The WTO's 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) will take place from 26 to 29 February 2024 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Ministers from across the world will attend to review the functioning of the multilateral trading system and to take action on the future work of the WTO. The Conference will be chaired by H.E. Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Trade.
These briefing notes are designed to provide background information on issues relevant to the Ministerial Conference. While every effort has been made to ensure the contents are accurate, they are not legal interpretations of the WTO agreements, nor do they prejudice member governments’ positions.
The opening session will take place on Monday 26 February followed by a ceremony to mark the accessions of Comoros and Timor-Leste and a ceremony for acceptances of the Fisheries Subsidies Agreement. On the same day, two "ministerial conversations" will be held on "Trade and Sustainable Development, including Trade and Industrial Policy and Policy Space for Industrial Development" and on "Trade and Inclusion". General statements by ministers will be pre-recorded and posted on the website as soon as they are made available.
A "scene-setting" Heads of Delegation meeting on 27 February will include reports by Geneva chairs. From 27 to 29 February, working sessions will be held on various topics followed by convergence-building sessions. A Heads of Delegation meeting will be held at the end of each day. The closing ceremony is scheduled for the evening of 29 February.
MC13 will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26 to 29 February 2024. Practical information for accredited NGOs attending the 13th Ministerial Conference is available here.
MC13 will take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 26 to 29 February 2024. Practical information for journalists attending the Conference is provided on the link below.